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Superman vs. Hulk: Watch the epic CGI fight

- December 27th, 2013

It’s the age-old question comic book fans have debated for decades: Who is the strongest superhero of all time, DC’s Superman or Marvel’s Hulk?

On the one hand, you have a guy who is “faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.” On the other, you have someone who, after just a little bit of stress, can turn into a “living engine of destruction.”

You could literally debate the super fight for hours, and make a case for either hero.

Well, animator Mike Habjan is attempting to answer the question of who would win that hypothetical fight with a series of highly-entertaining YouTube videos that show the two heroes squaring off in the Mojave Desert.

Habjan, who says the videos are “an independent project… not affiliated with any company,” has been working on the series for over a year (the first one came out in 2012). The most recent instalment debuted just a few days ago and shows Christopher Reeve’s Superman and a Lou Ferigno/ Edward Norton version of the Hulk both taking a pounding. But you can’t keep Supes down. The clip ends with the Man of Steel grabbing hold of Big Green and flying him way, way up into the sky where he’ll either throw him into space, or drop him down to Earth.

The video ends on a cliffhanger, and Habjan says he already has ideas for the fourth instalment.

Watch the fight unfold chronologically below, from the meeting to the brutal beatdown of the Hulk in Part Three, and let us know who you think would win in a battle between Superman and the Hulk in the comments.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt confirms Neil Gaiman’s ‘Sandman’

- December 16th, 2013

A big-screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s revered Sandman comic will be coming soon to theatres courtesy of Joseph Gordon-Levitt and David Goyer.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Goyer (Man of Steel) has provided a treatment and will oversee the screenplay for the classic Vertigo comic. Gordon-Levitt tweeted he has signed on to produce the film for Warner Bros. “The rest,” he wrote, “remains to be seen.”

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Dream, one of the Endless characters, was the main protagonist of Gaiman’s series, which ran from 1989 to 1996. After being imprisoned for decades, Dream escaped and got his revenge, while trying to adapt to modern-day life. A prequel comic written by Gaiman was released in October of this year.

In addition to Dream, who presided over the world of dreams, the dark fantasy followed his siblings Destiny, Death (my favourite), Destruction, Despair, Desire and Delirium.

The comic helped establish DC’s Vertigo imprint, and was one of the first comics to achieve mainstream success that wasn’t rooted in tradition characters like Batman and Superman. It’s been a bestseller and has been given DC’s glorious Absolute Edition treatment.

In a 2009 interview, I asked Gaiman who he envisioned directing a feature film version of Sandman, to which he replied:

I think it’s probably some kid, who right now is around 26-years-old. He may or may not have directed his first movie, but he loves ‘Sandman’ and he has the same amount of dedication to the material that (director) Peter Jackson had to ‘Lord of the Rings’ and Sam Rami had to ‘Spider-Man.’ It’s somebody who knows that there’s this thing they love and they have a responsibility to the world get it right and not f— it up. But they’re also not scared of changing the things about it that are not cinematic into things that are cinema. Otherwise you end up with something like the ‘Sin City’ movie, where you’d rather read the comic. I remember watching that and thinking, ‘I think I prefer these characters better when Frank (Miller) draws them.’

Gaiman, who will also executive produce the film, did have reservations about bringing Sandman to the big screen. “The capacity for f—ing up Sandman – for just utterly screwing it up and making something that is awful and embarrassing and terrible – is huge.

“But,” he told me, likening the prospect to a night out, “Sandman, if done properly, could be the most perfect sushi meal.”

The comic ran for 75 issues, so if it’s a success, it could provide DC with another cinematic weapon to battle Phase Two and Three of Marvel’s cinematic arsenal.

Gordon-Levitt is no stranger to the comic book world. In addition to The Dark Knight Rises, he was rumoured to be in the running for the lead in Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man as well as James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy. He was also pegged to take over as Batman from Christian Bale.

Oh yeah, and he’ll be seen next in Sin City: A Dame To Kill For based on the comic by Frank Miller. So presumably he knows a thing or two about comics and could conceivably make Sandman a long and prosperous film franchise for Warner Bros.

What do you think Sandman fans? Does Gordon-Levitt as Dream sound like it could be a perfect sushi meal? Sound off in the comments below.

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Warner Bros. registers domains for possible ‘Man of Steel 2′ title

- November 21st, 2013

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For weeks, Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel sequel has been popularly referred to as Batman vs. Superman. But despite what it has been called both on this blog and on other sites, Warner hasn’t officially announced a title for the upcoming Superman sequel that stars Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck

Well, that might be about to change. According to Fusible, Warner has registered several domain names through an Internet brand protection company, MarkMonitor, that may hint at possible titles for the upcoming film.

They include: Man of Steel Battle the Knight, Man of Steel Beyond Darkness, Man of Steel Black of Knight, Man of Steel Darkness Falls, Man of Steel Knight Falls, Man of Steel Shadow of the Night, Man of Steel The Blackest Hour, and Man of Steel The Darkness Within.

I imagine anything with Knight in the title is not going to happen for, er, obvious reasons. And some of these are downright silly – Man of Steel Black of Knight – oh, puleeze.

Darkness Within has a nice ring to it, but for now, I’ll continue to refer to the sequel as Batman vs. Superman.

What do you think of the possible titles? Let us know in the comments.

75 years of Superman history in 2-minute short

- October 17th, 2013

In honour of Superman’s 75th anniversary, Man of Steel director Zack Snyder and Bruce Timm have teamed up to bring us the animated history of the character in just over two minutes.

The fantastic video takes us through all of Big Blue’s highlights from his humble beginnings in Action Comics #1, to TV’s Smallville and Alex Ross’ Kingdom Come. There are also nods to the black Kryptonian suit, Christopher Reeve, the 1978 comic Superman vs. Muhammad Ali, 1992′s Death of Superman comic book storyline, the ’70s-era Super Friends and current Man of Steel, Henry Cavill.

All of Superman’s foes make an appearance, but strangely, unless I missed it, the clip skips 2006′s Superman Returns.

Check it out, and let us know what you think in the comments below.

Chris Hemsworth says DC no competition for Marvel

- September 21st, 2013

Marvel’s Mightiest Avenger just dropped the hammer on DC Comics.

While making the promotional rounds for his upcoming racing drama Rush, Chris Hemsworth was asked by Jake Hamilton (via CBM) about the rivalry between Marvel and DC.

“We’re just winning aren’t we?” said Hemsworth. “That’s not really a rivalry.”

When Hamilton told the Thor star that last summer’s Avengers trumped The Dark Knight Rises at the box office, Hemsworth took another dig adding, “Did we? Good.”

He became more measured as he continued: “Look you can’t not be excited about your film being part of something that does that well, but it all kind of benefits each other. If one film opens big, then most likely people want to come back to the movies and see something else. So it all feeds into each other.”

Still Hemsworth did raise an uncomfortable point for DC fans. So far, when it comes to dollars and cents, Marvel owns the comic book movie box office. Seven of the 10 highest grossing films are Marvel, with The Avengers sitting in first place.

This summer’s Man of Steel just managed to squeak into the top 10, and outside of Batman and Superman, DC doesn’t have another comic book property that has been a hit on the big screen.

That all might change with Man of Steel 2, and Justice League, but right now, Hemsworth is right. It isn’t a rivalry, Marvel is just winning.

Vote in our poll and let us know what you think in the comments below.